The Telegraph reports on a ministerial threat to effectively dismantle the British university system. It seems that universities are potentially being set up as the ‘fall guy’ for the failure of the New Labour project to overhaul the secondary-school (age 11-16) system and to get to grips with A-levels (age 16-18). One quote rather feebly points to the Open University as a shining example of an alternative approach — it is indeed, but the journalist doesn’t go on to mention that the O.U. is so successful mainly because around 80 percent of its students are highly-committed mature students.